Jodie Foster: A Screen Gem Turns Director

A movie moppet at nine, Jodie Foster went on to become one of Hollywood's most talented actresses. Now, at 28, she has taken a bold directorial leap with Little Man Tate, and it's an audacious winner.

The rest of us have family albums to remind us of what we looked like in youth. Jodie Foster could have a movie library and a stack of press clippings. Because she has been an actress for 25 of her 28 years, she can screen the public record of her childhood. Anyone can. You can re-view her evolution from tadpole to tomboy and beyond: in the Coppertone commercial, the Disney pictures, the sitcoms, Taxi Driver, Bugsy Malone. And you can scan the interviews she gave to magazines from age 11 onward. Dear reader, we have in our possession a tape of...

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